“Deprivation of liberty and armed conflicts: exploring realities and remedies”

Sanremo, 6-8 September 2018

 

The Round Table on current issues of international humanitarian law, traditionally organized by the Institute every year in September in co-operation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, is an international gathering very much appreciated by the international community as it offers an opportunity for periodic dialogue and debate on crucial topics of international humanitarian law.

The Sanremo Round Table, milestone of the activities of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, encourages members of scientific, diplomatic, institutional and military circles from all over the world to meet informally and to examine the more burning issues concerning the promotion of, respect for and development of international humanitarian law with an eye to the future.

More than forty years of meetings and intense academic activity addressing the main topics of humanitarian law, under the auspices of the Institute, have created what has universally become known as the “humanitarian dialogue in the spirit of Sanremo”.

The last Round Table, held in Sanremo from 6 to 8 September 2018, addressed the issue of “Deprivation of Liberty and Armed Conflicts: explotring realities and remedies”.

Deprivation of liberty, in particular in relation to armed conflicts, poses a range of humanitarian and legal challenges. In many parts of the world, persons deprived of their liberty face dire conditions of detention and ill-treatment, caused by structural shortcomings in justice and prison systems or violations of basic detainee protections. Such situations become more serious in times of armed conflicts, where States or other actors, face resource restraints and high numbers of detainees.

The Round Table gathered together about 200 participants coming from different regions of the world including military experts, academics and representatives of governments, international organizations, IHL practictioners  and NGOs. Experts had the opportunity to discuss key themes of international humanitarian law, such as the legal basis and the grounds and procedures for deprivation of liberty during armed conflicts, as well as the treatment and conditions reserved to detainees. Some specific challenges, such as the transfer of detainees in multinational operations, detention by non-state actors and migration-related detention will be also addressed.